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Tai Chi Tuishou for Striking and Mid-Range Grappling

"Tuishou is about more than pushing. The skills developed in mid-range grappling can also be applied in long-range and mid-range striking. This lesson was a pleasure to teach because I got the opportunity to teach someone who is quite capable of ripping my arm off and pummelling me with it."
Tuishou is considered a mid-range skill. But the principles of tuishou can also be applied in other ranges. Likewise, principles of good grappling can also be applied in long-range and mid-range.  
This requires proper cultivation of structure, relaxation, and fundamental push hands skills (sticking and following in a circle, peng, lu, ji, an, zai, lieh, zhou, kao). 

As we see in this video, the important skills cultivated by a grappler are often forgotten when switching to long range. While a person might be very relaxed and well aligned during close-range grappling, that structure is sometimes abandoned when the switch is made to long range. Tuishou is a valuable exercise for teaching students to make the transition between different ranges without abandoning the key attributes that should be common to all ranges.


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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 19 - "Wave Hands Like Clouds"






"Wave Hands like Clouds" is also known simply as "Cloud Hands" (Yun Shou 雲手)
Taking the time to consider the deeper implications of the name can be very instructive to students wishing to perfect the movement and to understand the true potential of tai chi.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 18 - "Cast Fist" and "Five Punches"






Fists are seldom formed in tai chi routines. But just because the hand is not closed, doesn't mean that the movement cannot be used for punching. Likewise, the presence of a fist in a movement does not necessarily mean that the movement has to be a punch.
Open hands can easily be changed to fists if necessary, and fists can be used for much more than punching.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 17 - "Needle to the Bottom of the Sea" and "Fan Through the Back" with Martial Applications






"Needle to the Bottom of the Sea" involves a more challenging version of the empty stance. It also introduces vertical vectors and asymmetry in a new way.
"Fan Through the Back" is a vertical and lateral follow-up to the preceding downward thrust, and presents a different kind of asymmetry.

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Advanced tai chi class - January 18 2014 Part 1 of 2 (The Magical Power of "Cai")






Cai is the most magical of the 8 tai chi energies. It is often translated as "pluck" or "pull down", but the highest level of this skill actually involves no pulling whatsoever.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 16 - "Repulse Monkey" and "Diagonal Flying" with Martial Applications






"Step Back to Repulse the Monkey" implies the image of a monkey grabbing your extended arm and attempting to use it as a vehicle for reaching your centre. The movement is also sometimes called "Step Back to Repulse LIKE a Monkey", suggesting that we, like a monkey are retreating while simultaneously threatening the opponent.
(A monkey puts on a brave face and uses distraction and trickery to conceal its true cowardice.)
"Diagonal Flying" traditionally follows "Repulse Monkey" for strategic reasons. Both movements are useful for manipulating the vector of an opponent's attack, causing him or her to engage away from our centre. "Repulse Monkey" creates chaos in the opponent's footwork, and "Diagonal Flying" exploits this chaos to send the opponent on a conveniently (for us) oblique tangent.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 15 - "Double Whip" and "Beware the Fist Under the Elbow" with Martial Applications






In this lessons we learn two new movements and their applications.
Double whip is similar to single whip in that it uses sideways or rending power.
Fist under elbow is a complex movement. We explore some of the applications and principles in this video. But we do not have the time to explore them all.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 14 - "Martial Applications of Twist, Deflect, Step, Parry, Punch, Close, Push"






Believe it or not, that is the short version of the title. The long name of this very descriptive title is:
Twist Step, Deflect Down, Twist Step Deflect Down with a Fist, Step Forward, Parry, Punch, Apparent Close, and Counter with Push.
Do we really need to say more?
It must be a very important sequence to have such a long name.
Throws, joint control, pressure point manipulation, striking, interception.
These are some of the techniques that can inform your practice of the solo routine.

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 13 - Martial Applications of "Brush Knee, Push" and " "Strum the Lute" (Trailer)






Power is found in stillness.
It is the same as with other arts. Great painters and sculptors can make powerful use empty space. Great musicians shape emotional responses by manipulating silence. Great actors can combine stillness and silence to powerful effect.
Large movements are inferior to small movements. But no movement, no matter how small, can contend against a single expression of stillness.

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The full video has Front and Rear view of the first 7 Sections and Martial applications of "Brush Knee Push" and "Play Guitar".

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Tai Chi Level 1 - Yang Style Foundation Routine - Lesson 12 - "Twist Step, Deflect Down, Step, Parry Punch", "Apparent Close and Counter with Push"






Believe it or not, that is the short version of the title. The long name of this very descriptive title is:
Twist Step, Deflect Down, Twist Step Deflect Down with a Fist, Step Forward, Parry, Punch, Apparent Close, and Counter with Push.
Do we really need to say more?
It must be a very important sequence to have such a long name.

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